Music

See the events calendar (under 'Tag' type 'Concerts' then hit the 'Search' button) for information on upcoming performances, whether in an academic setting or by the performance ensembles named below.

The Music Program

In addition to the performers listed below, UW-Barron County offers an exemplary music program, replete with a dynamic faculty who bring worldly experience into the classroom and concert hall.

For more information, there is a Forms and Programs page that has student handbook and degree information, recital forms, sample recital programs and templates along with jury forms.

Steinway Piano Project

Our 1891 Steinway 'C' Grand Piano had been in need of a major renovation and now the work is complete.  This historic instrument was recently bequeathed to the University by a faculty member.  Truly a spectacular instrument, it was built in 1891 at the Steinway factory on Long Island, New York.  It has what is called a full 'artist case' with beautiful carvings on the legs, lyre and music rack.  An unusual feature of this piano is that it has only 85 keys rather than the usual 88 - an adaptation that Steinway did for only a few years.

Now that the renovation of this fine instrument is completed, the UW-BC Music Department will attract well-known and accomplished musicians for recitals and master classes, as well as provide the students and faculty with a state-of-the-art piano.

Performance Ensembles

For more information concerning any of the major performing ensembles contact Pamela Johnson, UW-BC Music Lecturer, at 715.234.8176 ext. 5471 or email pamela.johnson@uwc.edu.

The major performing ensembles at UW-BC are The Red Cedar Choir, Communiversity Band, Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra, The Dean’s List, and Northwinds Brass Band. All of these groups take advantage of combining student performers with established community members, an enormous advantage for UW-BC students. They are able to sing/play alongside professional and amateur musicians, and learn from the conductors and those performing with them — there is no better teaching tool available. All of these ensembles are recognized in the region for their excellence.

The Dean’s List

This is one of the longest standing ensembles at the university. Founded by former college dean John Meggers, The Dean’s List performs music from the Big Band era at concerts, dances, balls, and other events throughout Wisconsin and the surrounding states. The Dean’s List is an audition-only ensemble that features the talents of some of the best musicians in the Northwoods. For information on schedules or auditions, please contact Joseph Erickson at 715-296-1248 or Mark Rutherford at 715-434-6508.

Northwinds Brass Band

Conducted by Jim Potter, Northwinds Brass Band was formed in 1986 and has been a mainstay of the UW-BC music community since 1989. The band plays music in the British Brass Band tradition and has performed concerts in numerous venues. The band plays two concerts a year at the University and one concert in the city park during the summer as part of the Music in the Park series.

The Red Cedar Choir

The Red Cedar Choir is a joint effort of the Music Department and surrounding communities, gives students directly out of high school the incredible chance to sing and be part of one of the best choirs in the area. The choir performs to sold-out houses in Rice Lake throughout the year, and is the cornerstone of the Holiday Festival. Benjamin Schoening serves as the conductor of the choir and Artistic Director of the Holiday Festival. The choir dates back to 1932 when it was associated with the Rice Lake Federated Music Club. The group is open to all student and community members through a voice test process.

Communiversity Band

A joint effort of the Music Department and the surrounding communities, Communiversity Band is comprised of both students and area musicians, giving students the same opportunity to perform with professional players as The Red Cedar Choir gives singers. The band performs at several concerts throughout the year and is conducted by Mike Joosten. This ensemble is open to any student or community member through audition on their instrument (prior work on the instrument is expected).

Red Cedar Symphony Orchestra

Ours is the areas only full symphonic orchestra. The symphony has its roots with community members and provides an outlet for young string players who do not have any other opportunity to play in a symphony. Josh Aerie conducts the symphony, which performs in Rice Lake and in surrounding communities. The group often collaborates with The Red Cedar Choir and features professional soloists in its concerts.